150,000 people expected in Waco this weekend

WACO, Texas - Thousands of people are going to be flooding into the Heart of Texas this weekend.

The city is expecting close to 150,000 visitors to come into town for a handful of events going on.

"This is Waco's biggest week for tourism of the entire year," says Carla Pendergraft, Director of Marketing for Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Spring at the Silos started on Thursday, and will go through this Saturday. It is free to the public, with 60 artisan vendors and food trucks surrounding the Silos.

"I know it's a lot of people all at once, and a lot of times these events get planned because this is the peak week of Spring Break. So you want to get as much visitors you can," Pendergraft says.

The City of Waco has shut down 6th Street and Webster Avenue, and also 3rd Street and Austin Avenue near the Silos. They also put up temporary signs to help with the congestion. 

"Definitely more visitors are coming to Waco. We call it the "Magnolia Effect" because Magnolia Market, when they opened, we saw a huge spike in Waco's overall tourism," Pendergraft says.

There are three different shuttles which are free to drop off and pick people up at the different events.

To see where the three different shuttles pick up and drop off, you can click here.

"We encourage people just to park and ride some of these shuttles that are here for them to ride to be a little more convenient, and not tie up all the parking. There just won't [be] parking really close up to these places," Pendergraft says.

Visitors came from all over the state just to come shop.

"We are definitely going to the Silos, and we are hoping to hit other antique shops in the area," says tourist Kelly Harmon.

"We actually just moved from San Diego not too long ago, so we have heard about it and seen the show. But now that we live close, we thought we would take advantage of it," says tourist Christa.

The Texas Food Truck Showdown starts this Saturday, and about 30,000 people are expected to attend. The parking lot on 3rd Street and Washington Avenue is going to be filled with 36 food trucks from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

For information about Spring at the Silos and directions, you can click here.

If you want information about the Texas Food Truck Showdown and what food trucks are attending, you can click here.

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